STD Resources and Information for Health Care Providers
STDs are legally reportable within 3 working days (WAC 246-101-101). While this short reporting period is a challenge, it helps the Whatcom County Health Department assure partners are treated as quickly as possible. Please complete and fax to our confidential fax line at 360-778-6103.
Expedited Partner Therapy Treatment
Expedited Partner Therapy Program provides treatment for sex partners of infected individuals. This treatment can be offered without requiring partners to be tested or seen by health care providers.
All partners of patients who test positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea should be treated as if they are infected. This includes sex partners from 60 days prior to the date the patient was tested.
Patients may be given medication to give to their sex partners. This is called Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). Whatcom County and the WA Department of Health provide free medications for partners of patients who test positive for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
You can call or fax the prescriptions directly to one of the Whatcom County EPT participating pharmacies. Only these pharmacies stock the free treatment packs. The treatment packs include allergy information, medication and prevention messages.
Health Department Resources
Communicable disease nurses are available at 360-778-6100, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to consult with healthcare professionals regarding testing and prevention of infectious diseases.